The Washington Times-Herald


February 13, 2012

Can't-miss movies: 2012 features big-buzz blockbusters


The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)

Peter Parker tries to solve the mystery of his parents’ disappearance, setting him on the path to becoming Spider-Man.

Why we can't wait: Yes, we question the need for a reboot of the character so soon after Tobey Maguire’s run as Spidey. But, with Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer") behind the camera and an introspective take on the character by Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network"), we're interested.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

Set eight years after "The Dark Knight," Bruce Wayne must once again become Batman when Gotham is threatened by a mysterious villain named Bane who is intent on destroying the city.

Why we can't wait: Director Christopher Nolan redefined the comic-book movie with the first two entries in the series, and expectations are sky-high for this trilogy capper. The casting of Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't hurt, either.

The Bourne Legacy (Aug. 3)

Set after the events of "The Bourne Ultimatum," repercussions from those events send another covert operative on the run.

Why we can't wait: It's a Matt Damon-less entry in the series, but it has a cast to die for: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney and Scott Glenn.

Looper (Sept. 28)

A hitman who takes out victims sent into the past by the mob hesitates when his latest target is the future version of himself.

Why we can't wait: Rian Johnson’s first two films -- "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom" -- were excellent, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis headline this mind-bending time-travel thriller.

Skyfall (Nov. 9)

James Bond returns to theaters for his 23rd adventure.

Why we can't wait: Daniel Craig makes his third appearance as Bond, with Javier Bardem as the villain. The plot is being kept close to the vest for the film, which is being directed by Sam Mendes.

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